When the UFC touches down in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the company’s long-withstanding plan of placing on the toughest, best struggles and displaying its best celebrities whenever possible will come to the forefront once again.
UFC 196 has co-main events slated for March 5 2016, which will comprise Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s showdown with fill-in fighter Nate Diaz in a non-title bout at 170 lbs. The second main event sees Holly Holm (David to Ronda’s Goliath) shield her bantamweight title for the first time against Miesha Tate at 135 pounds.
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This week’s UFC card was supposed to give McGregor an opportunity to fight for the UFC lightweight belt contrary to present champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That battle had to be axed because Dos Anjos broke his foot and will be sidelined until at least May.
That left UFC president Dana White in limbo and desperate to discover a fighter to measure up against a few of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC today. Cue Nate Diaz.
In my opinion, Diaz presents quite a few problems for McGregor along with his his immunity to the Irishman’s mind games. He’s only lost via KO after in his career. And when he can keep it shut for five rounds, then a decision win is not out of the question.
Over in the other co-main event, Holly Holm was catapulted into the spotlight after beating UFC poster woman Ronda Rousey back in November. In what has been dubbed one of the great upsets in sports history, Holm’s KO of Rousey came courtesy of her outstanding boxing and kickboxing skills. While she might have a few flaws, her camp insists they’re not anything to”worry about” and that Holly will be along with her game once again despite all of the added media attention and pressure.
Holm’s opponent, Tate, comes into this battle as no slouch. Tate has shown she is a great wrestler and can endure toe-to-toe with some of the sports greatest female competitors. Her best course of actions for winning this battle is going to be to take the fight to the ground and attempt to submit Holm. In case Tate leaves it up to the judges, then it’ll be tough to claim victory because to be the winner you have to beat the champion – clean and clear.
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This is just a hunch play, however the line and worth is too great to pass up. I have come across a few sources saying how much Diaz respects the work of McGregor. I understand that in a sport this barbarous, you must be ruthless and have no regard for anyone but yourself pre-fight. But, I think both fighters know the problem and will touch gloves out of respect.
Respect is definitely due for Nate as he’s taking this fight on this short notice, and McGregor’s preflight antics (as normal ) are nothing short of amazing. I’ll give both fighters kudos right now for helping me win this bet and giving a short second of respect to the game.
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